Cheshire East Council have celebrated the dedication of their foster carers at a special ceremony in Congleton.
Many of the carers received Long Service Awards, milestones in what have undoubtedly been incredibly rewarding and often challenging careers.
Gordon and Jill from Alsager, who have fostered for an incredible 20 years, received their award at the event:
“We chose a career as foster carers as our own children were growing up and becoming more independent and we felt we had the time and space to help others. Plus it was always something we wanted to do.”
“Being a foster carer is so very rewarding; we’ve had lots of fun and laughter and enjoyed watching the children grow into adults. In terms of skills, you need to be prepared to think outside the box and be a strong advocate for the child or young person. There are so many children who need a helping hand to get on the right track of life and we thank Cheshire East Council for this long service award.”
A huge congratulations to Gordon and Jill, and all carers who were honoured at the event.
Read the full press release on the Cheshire East Council website: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/media_hub/media_releases/council-recognises-and-celebrates-foster-carers-long-service.aspx
From left to right: Foster carer – Gordon with acting executive director of people at Cheshire East Council – Mark Palethorpe and cabinet member for children and families – Councillor Kathryn Flavell